“Our efforts to reform the Council from within have resulted in historic and concrete actions against human rights violators around the world. While much work remains to be done at the Council, in particular ending its excessive and unbalanced focus on Israel, with U.S. leadership the Council has spoken up for those who are suffering major human rights violations and are living under the grip of the world’s cruelest regimes. The Council also has taken action to promote accountability for violations and expand human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide,” it said. The State Department said that since joining the Council in 2009, the United States has ardently worked to help the Council realize its full potential. The United States was yesterday reelected to the Council and the State Department said the vote will allow the US to further strengthen the Council and build on what they have already accomplished at the Council by working together with its international partners. The United States is pleased and proud of its accomplishments during its first term in the UN Human Rights Council which includes the way it dealt with Sri Lanka.A US State Department release said that on Sri Lanka the United States led the Council in adopting a resolution, which sent a strong signal that Sri Lanka still needs to address outstanding issues of reconciliation and accountability.
On 17 December, four Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested for fishing near Neduntheevu islet off Lanka. Six fishermen from the Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu, India were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy while they were fishing near the Sri Lankan coast, authorities said on Sunday.Assistant director of the fisheries department in Tamil Nadu, Sekar, said the fishermen from the Jegathapattinam village were fishing at Neduntheevu on Saturday night when the Sri Lankan navy arrested them, the Press Trust of India reported. Chief Minister Jayalalithaa recently sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in securing the release of 41 fishermen from the state detained in Sri Lanka, besides 56 boats. The fishermen along with their boat were later taken to Kangesanthurai, he added.